First published in London, Stand moved to Leeds in 1957 after Editor Jon Silkin had been Gregory Fellow in Poetry there. Since then, Stand has played a major role in bringing the work of Russian and East European writers in translation to an English-speaking audience. Recently, Stand has promoted contemporary Chinese poets, and will soon publish poetry and prose fiction from Indonesia and Singapore.
Stand has always promoted work by new and established poets, short-story writers and critics, and continues to do so. The magazine has published work by writers who have gone on to become established figures – Ken Smith, Tony Harrison, Michael Hamburger, Geoffrey Hill, and Douglas Dunn. Twice winner of the Booker Prize, Peter Carey, first appeared in the UK in Stand. Some of Terry Eagleton’s most acute reviews appeared in many issues of Stand.
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